Ingredient of the Month - Shea Butter
What is it?
Shea butter is a fatty white substance which is extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. Derived from stearic acid and oleic acid, Shea Butter is known as a triglyceride, which is a fat. Used in cosmetics and popular in moisturisers, it is also edible and is used sometimes in replacement of Cocoa Butter in the chocolate industry or to prepare food in Africa.
How can Shea Butter help my skin?
Shea Butter is one of the most effective moisturising ingredients around. It contains a high-concentration of fatty acids and natural vitamins, making it very nourishing for the skin. It is also soothing on areas of irritation and inflammation and is excellent at reviving and heeling cracks in the skin, especially on the feet by locking in the skin’s natural oils.
A property of Shea Butter which isn’t that well-known; is the fact it is a natural anti-ageing ingredient. It strengthens the skin by stimulating the production of collagen, which as we all know, is the protein found in the skin which has a ‘scaffolding’ effect, giving the skin structure and keeps it supple.
Naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F, Shea Butter feeds the skin and provides protection and nourishment to the skin. It also offers UV protection and prepares the skin for Collagen production by increasing the essential fatty acids and nutrients which are need by the skin to make collagen.
Having anti-inflammatory properties, Shea Butter can reduce inflammation. It contains substances called Cinnamic Acid and Lupeol Cinnamate, which calm inflamed skin, reduce redness and those suffering with acne, it can soothe the core affected areas.
Known for improving and treating skin concerns such as scaring, stretch marks, chapped skin, eczema, psoriasis and areas of discolouration, Shea Butter with its high content of vitamin A, is a multi-tasking ingredient. Vitamin F, also found within Shea Butter is a natural rejuvenator and is responsible for soothing stressed skin and healing those areas which are rough and chapped.
Great for those who are Active
If you regularly play sport or are very active, consider using Shea butter on the skin, especially on large areas of muscle. This is because it helps to prepare the muscles for activity and after, it actively helps to eliminate toxins. It can reduce the amount of aches and pains you feel afterwards exercise too, as not only are you massaging tension out of the muscle but realising lactic acid.
Which Shea Butter?
There are two different types of Shea Butter, refined or unrefined:
Refined Shea Butter
Refined Shea Butter is mainly used when making chocolate. The process is mainly chemical, with the Shea Butter being bleached, heated and all odours removed. When this happens, all the goodness found in Shea Butter has been eliminated, as the anti-ageing and protective moisturising qualities are no longer there.
Unrefined Shea butter
This is Shea Butter in its raw, natural state. It can be extracted from the nut manually or by a mechanical process but will not go through any chemical processes. The smell would have been slightly reduced by steam so it is not too nutty, but the beautiful golden/ivory colour remains. All the skin-loving qualities are intact, so the final product is natural, full of skin benefits and eco-friendly.
Which Pevonia products contain Shea Butter?
This exfoliating soap contains a high concentration of active ingredients to remove all surface accumulations, dead cells and toxic build-up on the skin. The small seaweed particles within the soap, gently but effectively, exfoliate, activating blood circulation and providing oxygenation and nourishment to the tissues, thereby, helping to smooth "orange peel" skin.
A rich and creamy De-Ageing balm, with fresh Papaya and Pineapple, is formulated with microemulsified Shea Butter which serves to release Collagen and Elastin polypeptides, Tegospheres with Retinol, Pomegranate extract and anti-ageing tropical fruits extracts within the formula. Used daily the De-Ageing Balm will maintain or restore skin youthfulness, rendering skin nourished and replenished.
The YouthRenew™ Tinted Cream SPF 30; is a 5-in-1 daily defence cream, which is lightweight and ultra-hydrating. Infused with unique flash action microspheres, which are micro liposomes that deliver saccharides, lemon, and cucumber extracts for immediate skin brightening and optimum luminosity. With its broad spectrum SPF 30, it protects from UVA/UVB rays and delivers an anti-ageing effect.
This mini facial is ideal for those on the go. Skin is cleansed, lightly exfoliated and gently massaged then a pore-refining mask is then applied, followed by a veil of light moisturiser. Mask options: Sensitive, Dry, Oily, Combination, Acne.
This 30-minute facial is priced from £30.00 to £35.00
This anti-ageing treatment replenishes your skin with pure Caviar Extract, Pearl Extract and a revolutionary blend of phyto-extracts: Escutox™. This luxurious clay thermal mask will improve elasticity, increase oxygenation of cells and the suppleness of the skin. Ideal for those who would like to minimise the signs of ageing. Not suitable for Sensitive, Oily skin types.
This 1-hour facial is priced from £130.00 to £170.00
The Express Facial, and the Myoxy-Caviar™ High Performance Anti-Ageing Facial are offered at Pevonia spas throughout the UK and Ireland and the homecare products can be purchased from www.pevonia.co.uk